Thanks father for loan. Explains difficulty of acquiring the land through which the approach to Down House now runs.
My dear Susan
Your questions about the fruit shall be punctually attended to. Thank my Father about
the money, if he can let me have the 200£ sometime before January, it will do perfectly for me, & next half year, early in
it, I shall be able to see, whether I must sell one or two or 3, 100£ out of
Funds.— I thought Catherine had explained about M
Your affect. | C. Darwin
- f1 674.f1R. W. Darwin's ‘Red Book’ (investment account book), in the section devoted to CD's accounts, has the following entry: ‘1843 Dec 8 Half a years interest due 1 Jan
y1844 advanced this day £200’ (Down House MS). There is a corresponding entry in CD's Account Book (Down House MS), which is dated 10 December and reads: ‘From my Father (Susan's Part 15) 215’. The date for this letter has been derived from the evidence provided by these entries.
- f2 674.f2Edward Price.
- f3 674.f3Timothy Sales. Since Sales had died in 1841, CD was evidently obliged to repurchase this strip of land. His Account Book (Down House MS) contains an entry for 14 February 1844 concerning a land purchase from W[illiam] Sales for £91.